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May 17, 2008

Scottish national newspapers doomed by 2018?

By Martin Stabe wirepost

Journalism professor Phillip Meyer, who is often credited (not quite correctly, it seems) with the prediction that newspapers will disappear by 2043, has made an even more dire prediction about the Scottish national newspapers.

“If you take the rate of decline and extend it to the zero point, I would say the end of Scottish newspapers as we know them, within 10 years, will probably unless there are some surprises,” Meyer told BBC radio.

The BBC package, by Daily Telegraph managing editor John McGurk, a former editor of The Scotsman, notes that the Scottish papers are struggling with each month’s ABC figures and now face a major threat: Scottish local authorities are preparing to transfer their recruitment advertising to their own websites at the end of this month.

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